Tucson-based immigration attorney Mary M. Cowan received additional disciplinary action following her suspension from immigration practice at the federal level. On December 7, 2023, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued an order suspending Cowan from practicing law in the Commonwealth for two years.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Mary M. Cowan,” with case no. 114 DB 2023.

Cowan had been disciplined in July 2023 by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), part of the U.S. Department of Justice, after being found guilty of 24 counts of misconduct related to her immigration appellate practice. This included filing notices of appeal without determining if there were appealable issues, failing to file appeal briefs or notify the court that appeals were no longer being pursued, and repeatedly missing court-ordered briefing deadlines in six different cases.

Based on the BIA’s findings, Cowan engaged in frivolous behavior, failed to provide competent representation, and lacked reasonable diligence and promptness, violating ethical regulations. The BIA suspended Cowan from practicing before immigration courts and the Department of Homeland Security for two years.

Following the federal suspension, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania filed to have Cowan reciprocally disciplined in Pennsylvania. On December 7th, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order suspending Cowan consistent with the BIA’s two-year suspension, retroactive to July 7, 2023.

The order stated that Cowan must comply with Pennsylvania rules for suspended attorneys. This includes notifying clients of the suspension. She must also notify courts and agencies of the suspension and conclude outstanding matters as directed by clients or permitted by law.

According to avvo.com, Ms. Cowan is a criminal defense attorney in Tucson, Arizona. She acquired her law license in Pennsylvania in 1988. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.